LEARNING

In this section, you will find many different subjects to learn about from the basics of computers to coding to learning languages and different skill building resources.

COMPUTER BASICS

 

​Practice your mouse skills with Mousercise! Exercise your clicking, moving around, and precision with this simple-to-use website.

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​Typing.com is a website for anyone who wants to improve their typing skills! This website is great for beginners to learn how to get used to a keyboard. Use the "lessons" feature to practice basic typing. You can also take typing tests to see how fast and accurate your typing is. You can also practice your typing by playing different games on this site.

Copy and Paste

Copy is when you highlight something and want to duplicate it. The paste is when you take what you duplicate then paste it where you would like it. This tutorial will help you with copying and pasting. 

Tips for Creating a Password

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The most common way for a hacker to steal your information is by guessing the correct passwords. A strong password provides the best protection from hackers. This link will help you create strong passwords for your accounts.

Zoom

ZOOM is a cloud-based software platform and is used for teleconferencing, telecommuting, distance education, and social relations.

Attaching Docs to Email

One of the fundamental uses of email is to share documents, photos, and other files with family, friends, or colleagues.


This tutorial will walk you through the process of attaching documents to emails. The process is pretty much the same for all email programs, however here we will demonstrate using Google Mail (Gmail) and Microsoft Outlook.

SKILL BUILDING 

 
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​"With [thousands] of videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, [Khan Academy is] on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace."

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Google Applied Digital Skills is a collection of lessons that will show you how to study, learn, teach, work, prepare for a job, or explore culture online.

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Hoopla is a digital media service offered by the local public library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics, and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! Titles can be streamed immediately or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later.

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​TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment, and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages."

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​Common Sense Education provides access to free learning plans for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Resources for family members and teachers to help the students. Spanish language learning plans and family resources.

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​Common Sense is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century. Schools everywhere trust the free digital citizenship curriculum and edtech ratings. Educators get access to lesson plans, edtech ratings, tools, and more.

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Common Sense is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century. Schools everywhere trust the free digital citizenship curriculum and edtech ratings. Educators get access to lesson plans, edtech ratings, tools, and more.

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WGBH and PBS have made resources available by grade level and subject area to support parents with distance learning.  Resources are available for infants, toddlers, and children in Pre-K through 12th grade.

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Zoom provides an easy & reliable service for video, voice, screen & file sharing, and chat. You can use zoom from a web browser or app/application on your computer, tablet, or smartphone, or from telephones and room conferencing systems. You can air pre-record sessions or a live stream (which you can set to record for future use e.g. to provide a shareable link to watch or download).

NorthStar

Northstar Digital Literacy (NDL) measures the digital literacy of people. NDL helps people develop digital skills needed for daily life, employment, and higher education. NDL helps those who lack digital literacy and even those seeking employment by helping them build computer skills. 

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Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe.

LIBRARIES

 
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​Boston Public Library Nice Academy provides short tutorials for using websites and other library resources. Here are instructions for how to find and go through tutorials on the my.nicheacademy.com/bostonpublic website.

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Discover a world of knowledge without ever leaving Cambridge by visiting the Cambridge Public Library! In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to get a library card, learn about special events, and use the eLibrary system.

For families & students in Chelsea Public Schools to access useful links, afterschool opportunities, and educational websites!

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​The Boston Public Library (BPL) eCard provides immediate and free access to all online resources such as  E-Media (e-books, audiobooks, movies, etc.), online learning, and research materials.  This is available to all full-time/part-time residence and those that work within Massachusetts.

 

LANGUAGE

LanguagePod101 is a website where you can learn different languages. The following tutorial provides directions for setting up an account to learn English.
 

Note: The directions are to sign up for a free account. A free account will give you access to many lessons, but not all. When you sign up you will get a 7-day free trial of premium access. If you do not upgrade after the 7 days have ended, you will still have access to some free lessons. At no point during this tutorial will you need to provide credit card information.

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​Duolingo is a fun and addictive way to learn a new language (including English for non-native speakers), completely for free! Earn points for correct answers, race against the clock, and level up. Many users will learn with Duolingo on their smartphone, tablet, or on the computer 

Grammarly provides a free tool that checks the spelling and grammar of a document. The directions below describe how to sign up for an account and how to use Grammarly through the website. For Grammarly, it is best if you use Google Chrome.

​Mango Languages is a website and phone app that helps you learn to read and speak many languages such as Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, Hindi, and more. You can get it for free by signing up with your Boston Public Library (BPL) card.

CODING

 
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​Curious about coding? What about programming? Want to be able to make your own apps for your phone and other mobile devices? Code.org is the place for you! This site offers great tutorials on how to learn basic coding. Have some fun and let us know what you come up with!

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With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.